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Chicago History Book Group (Past)

American PharaohThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The books to be discussed are “American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation” By Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor (Little, Brown & Co, 2000), and “Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago” By Mike Royko (E.P. Dutton & Co, 1971). Click here for a flyer.

Those Were the Days Radio Players (Past)

Relive the Golden Age of radio drama with “Those Were the Days Radio Players” - Chicago North chapter. On Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library (6000 N. Broadway), the Radio Players will perform two programs:

The Bickersons: John the Shoplifter was originally broadcast on August 28, 1951, and starred Lew Parker and Frances Langford as John and Blanche Bickerson. The radio series ran from 1946 until 1947 with Don Ameche as John Bickerson, and then again during 1951 with Lew Parker as John Bickerson. This was the last episode.

My Favorite Husband: Spring Cleaning was originally broadcast April 30, 1950, and starred Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cooper - “two people who live together and like it”. The radio series ran from 1948 until 1951. My Favorite Husband was the basis for the I Love Lucy television show.

EHS General Meeting (Past)

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway

Our June program will honor the 2015 Living Treasures of Edgewater. Each of the four individuals being honored this year has done something special to make Edgewater the wonderful community we enjoy today. The presentation will give you a grass roots insight into why Edgewater is unique in Chicago. We encourage you to attend, recognize our Living Treasures and celebrate their accomplishments.

For a list of the 2015 Living Treasures, with photos, please click here.

The Old Neighborhood and Mozos (Past)

Bill HillmanJoin us for a reading by Edgewater author Bill Hillman followed by a “Go Edgewater” tour of several sites from his novel “The Old Neighborhood.”

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway

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Chicago History Book Group (Past)

Civil War ChicagoThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The books to be discussed are “Civil War Chicago: Eyewitness to History” edited by Theodore J. Karamanski and Eileen M. McMahon (Ohio University Press, 2014) and “Rally ‘Round the Flag: Chicago and the Civil War” by Theodore J. Karamanski (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). Click here for a flyer.

Motoring through Edgewater (Past)

The current exhibit at the EHS Museum, Motoring through Edgewater, explores the history of how the automobile transformed the Edgewater neighborhood. The exhibit runs until May 3, 2015, and features photographs, maps and other artifacts from the museum’s collection. Related programs will be offered during the exhibit.

In the 1920s, Edgewater became a center for automotive sales and service, with numerous dealerships, garages and parts sellers located along Broadway. The neighborhood was so densely populated with automobile-related businesses that it was dubbed the “North Side Motor Row” by industry experts. [more...]

Chicago History Book Group (Past)

Cook County HospitalThe next meeting of the Chicago History Book Club will be Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The books to be discussed are “Hospital: An Oral History of Cook County Hospital” by Sydney Lewis (New Press, 1995) and “County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital” by David A. Ansell (Chicago Review Press, 2011). Click here for a flyer.

Those Were the Days Radio Players (Past)

Relive the Golden Age of radio drama with “Those Were the Days Radio Players” - Chicago North chapter. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the EHS Museum, the Radio Players will perform two programs:

Fibber McGee and Molly: Fibber meets a Racketeer was originally broadcast on October 28, 1941, with the husband and wife team of Jim Jordan and Marian Driscoll Jordan playing Fibber and Molly. The radio series ran from 1935 until 1956.

The Shadow: The Horror in the Night was originally broadcast April 25, 1954, with Bret Morrison as The Shadow (Lamont Cranston) and Gertrude Warner as Margo Lane. The radio series ran from 1937 until 1954.

EHS Spring Benefit Dinner (Past)

Motoring through Edgewater

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
from 6-9 p.m.
Nookies Edgewater
1100 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago
Donation: $60 ($55 each for two or more)

Our annual Spring Benefit, Edgewater and All That Jazz, celebrates the clubs and musicians of the Jazz Age. Join with us, your friends and neighbors, for great food, a silent auction, announcement of our 2015 Living Treasures and the EHS Volunteer of the Year, and celebrate the unique qualities of our community.

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Click here to order tickets by mail with a check.
Click here to order tickets online with a credit card.

2015 Annual Meeting (Past)

James AkermanThe Edgewater Historical Society invites you to the 2015 Annual Meeting, presenting candidates for your Board of Directors and telling you about plans for 2015-16. The meeting will be on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here for a flyer.

The program will be “Early Road Maps of Edgewater and the North Side” and our speaker will be James R. Akerman, director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library. [more...]

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